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Visiting “The Big E” – Eastern States Exposition – Sept 18-Oct 4, 2015

Posted on September 15, 2015

  Write-Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com Big E day is always exciting! Now in its 99th year, Eastern States Exposition – “the Big E” – brings anticipation of revisiting the tried & true, as well as, curiosity about what will be new and different.     For us, the day starts early with a drive from Connecticut up to West Springfield, Massachusetts knowing the traffic will be heavy either on I-91 North or the “back way” – my preferred route – through a series of small towns surrounded by hints of autumn’s turning trees. Despite the massive parking lots, finding a parking space can be a challenge followed by the walk to the fairgrounds and the lengthy line to get in.  …

Mom’s Recipe Box: “Maryann’s Mixology” Autumn Cider/Beer

Posted on September 26, 2014

                           “Maryann’s Mixology” I love the Summer, but the Fall Season has so much to offer too. I like the colorful leaves; jeans and a sweatshirt; orange pumpkins and yellow mums; picking apples and drinking fall beers/ciders! Nana loved the Big E. Last weekend I went to the Big E and sampled some ciders/beers. Yummmmm, I had to try and recreate my unforgettable experience with one particular beer. – Maryann Larned             INGREDIENTS  2 bottles of Woodchuck Fall Beer; one eighth cup of Comte’s Pure Maple Syrup (Grade B); one half t sugar; one half t cinnamon; one half t pumpkin pie spice        …

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman Leads Connecticut Day Celebration at 2012 Big E

Posted on September 21, 2012

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb.com   Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman led the celebration of Connecticut Day September 19 at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Arriving at the Nutmeg State building on the Avenue of States around 2:30 p.m., Wyman was greeted by Sgt. Jeff Samonajczyk and other members of the Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police. Wyman spent the better part of the afternoon mingling with exhibitors and constituents before taking the podium on a stage out front to address the crowd. “Connecticut will always bring you a sunny day,” said Wyman, speaking under clear, blue skies.             Gene Cassidy, first year president of the Eastern States Exposition – nicknamed the Big E – spoke too as part…

Connecticut Day at the 2011 Big E

Posted on September 30, 2011

Connecticut Day at the 2011 Big E Article and photo by Jacqueline Bennett Connecticut Day, held September 21 at the Big E, drew the state’s top officials Gov. Dannel Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. In the early afternoon Wyman was on hand at the Connecticut building for a ‘meet and greet’ with exhibitors including entrepreneur Kathie Pelliccio, the “Seed Queen” of Branford, who has started Super Seedz, an all natural gourmet pumpkin seed treat promoted as a healthy snack. Wyman even tasted a handful of seeds which come in a variety of flavors. Among other exhibits inside the building were the popular Connecticut authors booth, a winery sample,  an interesting LEGO demonstration, food concessions and as always a strong presence by the Connecticut State…